As the first in Denmark, Aalborg Municipality has submitted an official application to the Road Directorate for the use of self-driving buses on a part of Astrupstien in Aalborg East.
The project is greatly supported both in the local community and in the business network, and has many stakeholders. The pilot project will use self-driving mini-electric buses and will focus on increasing mobility both internally and externally in the residential area over a period of 2 years. Aalborg East is one of the largest and most dynamic suburbs in Aalborg. The district is in a number of ways characterized by its planning in the 1960s according to functionalist principles that created a traffic efficient but also physically and socially sharply divided district where cars and soft road users are separated, and many residential areas appear as isolated enclaves, without strong interrelationships. The separated infrastructure and the distance between the different functions and activities in the district do not invite to multimodality, and cars are used for a large part of the trips.
By implementing self-driving busses, Aalborg municipality aims to help mobilise a number of citizens, as well as enhance both environmental and social sustainability. The project thus supports the ambition of creating a more cohesive Aalborg East, where increased mobility is counteracting segregation and strengthening social capital.
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Holo builds the future of mobility solutions. We are a start-up company based in Copenhagen, Denmark, and we are owned by the Semler Group. As a starting point, we build a fleet of different autonomous vehicles and set up entire operations that allow for full scale autonomous transportation solutions. In the near future, we want to provide door-to-door on-demand mobility. For us, this is the best solution to increasing problems with congestion, pollution, parking and quality of life in the cities. We aim to increase mobility while converting to a greener and more sustainable way of moving. The solution is shared, and all of our vehicles are electric. Currently, we are operating autonomous buses in pilot projects in Oslo (Norway), Gothenburg (Sweden) and Tallinn (Estonia). We are also partners in the Healthdrone project, testing out drone delivery of health care products, blood samples and hospital personel with drones.